French women hit the streets to claim their rights 

On November 24, about 50,000 people demonstrated in France to protest against gender and sexual violence. 

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Why this story matters:

One year after the beginning of the #Metoo movement, feminists in France have decided to stand up against sexual violence, harassment and gender-based violence. They are also demanding more support for victims. 

On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, the civil movement #NousToutes ("All of us") has been joined by famous women such as the well-known comedienne Muriel Robin.

"I am there to support every victim, and to continue this battle that has begun long before me," said Robin.

Various associations also got involved in the movement under the name of #NousAussi ("us too") they were also joined by men wanting to support women. 

Details from the story:

  • In France, 123 women were killed by their partners or ex partners in 2016.
  • In one of his speeches, French President Macron claimed that gender equality would be "an important issue of his five year term".
  • Caroline De Haas, the organizer, reported being happy with the turnout, which included over 30,000 people in Paris.
  • Tanguy, a 19-year-old student, said: "It's a movement without a gender. It's men and women fighting inequalities."
  • Rirette, 84 years old, was protesting in Lyon because "lack of consent is a horrible thing, and courts are too lax about it."
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